Issue: 263

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FIRST AG COMM. WORKSHOP SET FOR SEPT. 17
The first in the Ag Comm series of workshops related to communications across the curriculum is set for Sept. 17. The title of the workshop is “Dishonesty, Plagiarism and Stealing: The Dangers Writers Must Avoid.” All faculty and graduate students are welcome to participate from noon to about 1:15 p.m. in Room 8 Curtiss Hall. A light lunch will be available. If you plan to attend, contact Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu.

STUDY ABROAD RECRUITMENT OPPORTUNITY SEPT. 22
Iowa State’s Study Abroad Center is sponsoring an International Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Memorial Union. The Agriculture Study Abroad Office will have a table there to recruit for college programs. Those interested in hosting a table to recruit for specific programs are welcome. The table/space is free, but a media hook-up may include a charge. Contact Rachel Faber Machacha at rfaber@iastate.edu to reserve a space. Other questions, contact Shelley Taylor, 4-5393 or sztaylor@iastate.edu.

HOGBERG TO SPEAK AT THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE MEETING
The next Think Tank on Animal Agriculture meeting on Sept. 22 will hear from Maynard Hogberg, new chair of the Department of Animal Science. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion from 7-8 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. Cost of the dinner is $12. RSVP to Julie Roberts, 4-2353 or jrober@iastate.edu.

BORLAUG LECTURE TO FEATURE FATHER OF INDIAN GREEN REVOLUTION
M.S. Swaminathan, father of the Green Revolution in India and the first World Food Prize Laureate, will be the speaker at the Second Norman Borlaug Lecture Oct. 15. Swaminathan heads the Center for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in India. The title of Swaminathan’s speech is “A Hunger-Free World: The Final Milestone.” The lecture will be at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. A poster competition is being sponsored in connection with the lecture. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit posters relating to world food issues. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded in both undergraduate and graduate student categories. Posters will be on display at 7 p.m., during a reception prior to the lecture. Poster titles and a short abstract or summary are due by Sept. 29. Send the information to Patricia Murphy, pmurphy@iastate.edu.

IOWA STATE TURFGRASS STUDENT "TOPS" IN THE NATION
Marcus Jones loves to play golf. He took up the game as a high school freshman in Centerville. He realized early on that he would never to be good enough to play the game professionally, but he wanted to stay close to it somehow. So he enrolled at Iowa State, majoring in turfgrass management. Now he’s being honored as the top turfgrass student in the United States. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action: at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-08-28&f....

CANDIDATE FOR ISU AGRICULTURAL LAW POSITION TO VISIT SEPT. 16
Jon Lauck, a candidate for a faculty position in agricultural law at Iowa State, will present a seminar during his visit to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Lauck's seminar, which is open to the public, will be held at 4:10 p.m. in Room 2050, Agronomy Hall. Lauck is an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, and formerly practiced law in Sioux Falls, S.D. He received his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Iowa in 1997 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000. The person who fills the position in ISU's economics department will lead extension programs, conduct research and teach classes. Neil Harl, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, is retiring after 39 years at Iowa State.

NEW COURSE STUDIES RISKS OF CROP BIOTERRORISM IN IOWA
A new graduate course this fall semester in the College of Agriculture will assess the threat of crop bioterrorism in Iowa. Issues Related to Crop Bioterrorism and Food Security is being offered in the departments of plant pathology and entomology in a colloquium format. It is the first graduate course taught in the U.S. to address crop bioterrorism, said Forrest Nutter, plant pathology professor and creator of the course. Jon Tollefson, an entomology professor, is co-teaching the course. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/bioterr.html

DROUGHT CONDITIONS STRESS IOWA CROPS
A shortage of rainfall throughout most of the state is drying up pastures, corn, soybeans and reducing hay production. Daryl Herzmann, Iowa State agricultural meteorologist, said Iowa's rainfall in August was three inches behind normal. Mike Owen, Iowa State weed scientist, said most of the damage has been done and there isn't much producers can do for crops. If the drought continues, he said, farmers should begin planning for next spring. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/drought.html

FARMERS NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO GO WITH CORN
Growers of Market Choices corn hybrids need to make sure to "Know Where to Go" with their harvest this fall. Market Choices grain is approved for food and feed use in the United States and Japan, but not approved in the European Union. Therefore, it must be marketed to buyers who will not ship the grain or its processed products to Europe. The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and ISU Extension produced 30,000 copies of a "Know Where to Go" poster that is being distributed to seed dealers, grain handlers and extension offices in nine states. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/aug03/aug0322.html

STUDYING THE ROLE OF SOY IN DECREASING HEART DISEASE CONTINUES
As researchers continue to explore how soy foods affect cardiovascular disease risk, consumers are reminded to look beyond individual research reports and consider how all the studies fit together. "The findings of a single study are less important than the summary of a collection of studies," said Ruth Litchfield, ISU Extension nutritionist. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/aug03/aug0319.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 3: New College of Agriculture student barbecue, free, 5-7 p.m., Agronomy Hall Courtyard (rain location: Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, adjacent to Kildee Hall)
Sept. 3: Northeast Iowa Manure Application Field Day, near Tripoli, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/events.html
Sept. 4: National Workshop on food policy councils, Drake University, more: http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/register.htm
Sept. 5: Second Iowa Food Policy Conference, Drake University, more: http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/register.htm
Sept. 4: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua
Sept. 10: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville
Sept. 11: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., near Kanawha
Sept. 15: Deadline for registering for ISU Extension’s annual conference on Sept. 29-30, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 15-16: Iowa Food Security Conference, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, West Des Moines, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/903/security.htm
Sept. 18: Northwest Iowa Manure Application Field Day, near Doon, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/events.html
Sept. 29-30: ISU Extension’s annual conference, Iowa State Center, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 29: University Convocation, 3 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Oct. 4: AG450 Farm’s 60th anniversary celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. open house with a short program at 2 p.m. and a lunch following the program, more: http://www.ag450farm.iastate.edu
Nov. 17: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/1103/organic.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WAYS TO COUNTER SPAM
"One of the most underrated ways to help stop spam is to dry up end-user demand. We desperately need a campaign of education and downright social coercion to stop people from cooperating with purveyors of new septic tanks and body 'enhancement' products. We can all do our part: Never use [spam-mail] to buy products. Don't even click on a Web link contained in a spam because it tags you as a live e-mail address. And keep your address off public Web pages, where it could be scooped up and used to bombard you with solicitations."
--Wall Street Journal columnist Dennis Berman (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 25)

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INFOGRAZING
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BIOTECH OUTREACH TRAINS 1,000TH EDUCATOR
The Biotechnology Outreach Education Center at Iowa State University reached a milestone this summer when the 1,000th educator completed hands-on training in biotechnology laboratory techniques. The center, part of the university's Office of Biotechnology, serves Iowa's K-12 teachers, community college instructors, 4-H and other extension educators who want to stay up-to-date on the teaching of biotechnology. Mike Zeller is the university's biotechnology outreach education coordinator. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/news/Aug_26_2003.html

RESEARCH AND TECH TRANSFER ORIENTATION SET
New faculty orientation sessions covering research funding, industry collaboration and technology transfer will be Thursday, Sept. 4, and Sept. 8. Topics include internal research support programs, external funding, Iowa State compliance issues, management of intellectual property and dealing with industry. Breakout sessions are scheduled for the final half-hour of each session. The Sept. 4 session begins with a reception at 3:30 p.m., with the program set for 4-6 p.m. in The Gallery, Memorial Union. The Sept. 8 session begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m., with the program set for 5-7 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The office of the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies is the sponsor.

CALLING ALL POTENTIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Possible entrepreneurs are invited to an Entrepreneurship Extravaganza Sept. 3. President Geoffroy will speak about the future of entrepreneurship at Iowa State. The extravaganza will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. It is sponsored by the Entrepreneur Club and the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Contact: Judi Eyles, 296-6532 or eyles@iastate.edu.

FDA RELEASES ITS STRATEGIC PLAN
The Food and Drug Administration has released its strategic action plan titled, "Protecting and Advancing America's Health: A Strategic Action Plan for the 21st Century." The five priority goals outlined in the plan are: Efficient, Science-Based Risk Management; Patient and Consumer Safety; Better Informed Consumers; Counterterrorism; and A Strong FDA. It is available online at
http://www.fda.gov/oc/mcclellan/strategic.html.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION EASY TO DESTROY
“Unless the country renews its commitment to public higher education, the universities will find their faculties decimated and their degrees devalued — and the students who can afford to pay looking elsewhere for college degrees. The states will then learn that important institutions are easy to destroy and devilishly difficult to rebuild.” (New York Times editorial, Aug. 26)

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MARGINALIA
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EDIBLE FOOD WRAPS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH
Edible food wraps propose to provide benefits to consumers, farmers and the environment. Scientists have created food wraps made from purees of unstrained fruit and vegetables that are then dehydrated in the shape of a thin layer. The wraps, which could be available as soon as the end of the year, can be made from a range of produce including apples, peaches, mangos, guavas, papaya, apricots, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli. Wrapping a sandwich in an edible wrap instead of plastic could help reduce plastic waste while adding a serving of fruit or vegetable to your lunch. Producers could benefit by having a new market for produce that is not quite appealing enough for a store shelf. The wraps are about as thick as a sheet of paper and prevent air from getting to food. They are not water resistant, however, and dissolve in your mouth when eaten. (ChemMatters magazine, April/May 2003)

Next issue: Sept. 8

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AG ONLINE
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